The ornate leather bound book is very sturdy an deceivingly heavy for its small size. The cover is beautifully carved dark leather with an image that depicts a vary large ancient dragon holding what seems to be a flaming egg or stone. Aside from the center image, the cover is painstakingly detailed art deco style carvings.. The outer corners of the book are ornately covered in a silver-onyx color material to protect the cover. As you open the book you notice the faint smell of oak, and see the pages curl back gently as if it has been very well used. You also make note that the writing is very small, and must have taken a great deal of time to be recorded. This tome, like many other copies of it, is riddled with markers and place holders to draw the finer points of the history together. You see, somewhere near the front, a well used tab sticking out above the rest that says “a quick overview” and turn to it, skipping all the nonsense, dates and events, and financial records. This, it would seem, is where the book really begins, the title is ornate, but simply stating “Ranshire”.“We know not where to document the ancient history of our kingdom, for it is simply not our own! Ranshire was founded in the early period of the 78th Tournament of Kings, as an annex to Vantani. Using there military might the Vantani pushed the central plains tribes of Drow and Orc to the southern part of what we know today as Ranshire, but was simply known then as the Flatland’s of Vantani. “In Drow legend it is said that prince Arroka, son of Valcav the Oaken, traveled to the southern most tip of Ranshire, or as the Dark Elves called the country, Silniha, and petitioned their Deity, The Dragon Ysais, to help aid in protecting there land. The Great White Dragon told the price he wished not to get caught up in human affairs, and began to ignore him. The price, determined to save his people from slavery or extinction, resolved to force the the dragon to submit into helping his people. He crossed the bridge to the dragons cave and began stabbing at him with his glaive. Ysais, though angered at the princes disrespect, chose to ignore him rather than kill him, as to shame him further. It is said that the price continued to shout and stab the dragon for 5 days without rest or nourishment. And at the dawn of the 6th day, dropped to the ground, dead from exhaustion. . “Seeing the bravery and determination of the price, Ysais decided to honored his request. Wishing not to harm any of the oncoming soldiers it is said that Ysais met them at the great Aupet River. The Dragon then took each side of the river in hand and with all his might ripped the world asunder. Thus Ranshire, or Silniha, became a peninsula. Without saying a word, he flew into seclusion, and has not been seen since, Though still widely worshiped by the Drow tribes as Ysais the World Sunder. Freed from the tyranny of the Vantani rulers, the separated country became its own sovereign nation under the Warrior Sage Krieger Heldgeland, the first king of Ranshire around the time of the 89 T.o.K…”
.The tome continues on through the years and history of Ranshire, the years that followed the seperation from the Vantani Empire, the civil discord and strife between the once Imperial people and the native tribes. It speaks of the great kings that brought about the restoration of peace and Imperial rule, and the excellent set of laws and ethics they forged. up until the last 10 T.o.k, or 100 years. And speaks of the elder kings and how they brought peace to the newly found continent. It speaks of the great knowledge of the Ranshire people, and how they pride themselves in there economic power and rich history, and not there military might.
There military is mostly made up of volunteers and young men who look to find world experience before starting there trade. It is not uncommon to join the Ranshire army and never see war or conquest. In general the military, while proud, strong and fair, upholds the teachings of the schools, and act as a police force through most of the country. The most dangerous part is quelling tribal rebellion in the southern plains of Ranshire, where Orc and Drow Skirmishes happen frequently. The king is not without his guard though. The currect king, King Adehmar Ventini, is protected by an eliet group of soldiers known throughout the empire as the Dragon Heart Battalion. Composed of all races from throughout the empire, it is the heart of the Ranshire military. While each of its 500 members is loyal to a fault, and expertly trained in combat, they also must be among the most intellegent or well skilled people in all of Ranshire.
While flipping through the book you find the back has had a small passage hand written into the last couple blank pages. With the Ranishens love of knowledge this is seen as a common practice, and is seen as a repectful act and not destruction of public property.
“Ranshire has been under King Adehmar’s velvet hand for 45 years, claiming the Throne in 107th T.o.K at the age of 20 and ruling untill the current year of the Late 111th T.o.K, at the age of 65…”